Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
73 Lihue, Kauai
77 Honolulu, Oahu
72 Kahului, Maui
76 Kona, Hawaii
71 Hilo, Hawaii
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops on Maui and the Big Island…as of 743pm Tuesday evening:
Honolulu, Oahu – 71
Hilo, Hawaii - 65
Haleakala Summit – 36 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 27 (13,000+ feet on the Big Island)
Hawaii’s Mountains – Here’s a link to the live web cam on the summit of near 13,800 foot Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. This web cam is available during the daylight hours here in the islands…and when there’s a big moon shining down during the night at times. Plus, during the nights you will be able to see stars, and the sunrise and sunset too… depending upon weather conditions.
We’re seeing showers in some parts of the state, some of which
have been very heavy. These will continue…especially over
Maui County and the Big Island. There’s a chance that
thunderstorms may occur over the eastern islands as well…
leading to localized flooding
Locally strong and gusty, cool north to northeast winds
Small Craft Advisory...coastal and channel waters
Flash Flood Watch…the Big Island
Flood Advisory…windward east Maui
Winter Storm Warning…Big Island summits
High Surf Advisory…north shores of Kauai, Oahu,
Molokai, Maui and the Big Island
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
30 Lihue, Kauai – NE
44 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
37 Molokai – NE
44 Lanai – NE
27 Kahoolawe – NE
33 Lipoa, Maui – ESE
31 Kealakomo, Big Island – N
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):
3.24 Kilohana, Kauai
1.25 Tunnel RG, Oahu
3.23 Hana airport, Maui
7.87 Island Dairy, Big Island
We can use the following links to see what’s going on in our area of the north central Pacific Ocean. Here’s the latest NOAA satellite picture – the latest looping satellite image… and finally the latest looping radar image for the Hawaiian Islands.
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Our winds will be cool, from the north to northeast…locally strong and gusty. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean. Here’s a real-time wind profile of the central Pacific…centered on the Hawaiian Islands. ~~~ We find a cold front stalled just to the southeast of the Big Island. At the same time, there’s a moderately strong high pressure system to the north of Hawaii, with its associated ridge of high pressure located over the ocean to the north of the islands too. Locally strong and cool north to northeasterly winds are blowing in the wake of the recent cold front. As we get into mid-week, we’ll see more classic trade winds blowing into Thursday. The next cold front, forecast to arrive this coming weekend, will prompt southeast through southwest winds…which could become quite strong and gusty by Friday into Saturday. As this front stalls over us, our winds will become lighter into the first part of next week.
Satellite imagery shows a ton of clouds over the state, especially from Oahu down to Maui County…and over the Big Island. There’s a considerable amount of mulit-layered clouds over the state as we push into the night. As a matter of fact, the entire state, other than Kauai is totally covered by this impressive cloud field! Here’s the looping radar image, showing the bulk of the precipitation over Maui County and the Big Island…along with just a few showers elsewhere. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see a blossoming of those brighter white, high and middle level clouds over the islands…with Kauai out from under it at the time of this writing. There are some embedded heavier showers coming over the islands in places too. The majority of these showers are falling in the light to moderately heavy range, although as we move through the night…some may become locally heavy. There’s even a chance of some flooding over the eastern islands in the state.
An upper level trough of low pressure is over the state now, which is making our atmosphere, at least in places…unstable and very shower prone. This trough with its cold air, will enhance whatever showers that are over the state for the time being. We will see generous rainfall here and there, especially over parts of Maui and the Big Island, associated with what’s left of the stalled cold front…with even a few thunderstorms popping-up here and there. An NWS issued flash flood watch remains active over the Big Island, where most of the heaviest weather has occurred. Looking further ahead, we’ll see a brief return of breezy trade winds Wednesday and Thursday, with windward showers. Thereafter, the air flow shifts back to the southeast, south and southwest on Friday, ahead of the next cold front slated to arrive this coming weekend. ~~~ I’ll be back early Wednesday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you’re spending it. Aloha for now…Glenn.
Here on Maui early this morning, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the outdoor air temperature sensor was reading 57.6F degrees at 555am this morning. It’s still dark, although I can hear that there’s no showers falling, although there could be mist or drizzle. There are gusts of wind that come through every once in a while, although nothing like the stronger 40+ mph gusts that are occurring in other places. I’m impressed with the very heavy rainfall that has occurred over parts of Kauai and the Big Island too, amounts ranging between 4.24″ on Kauai…all the way up to 8.11″ on the Big Island! I’m expecting more locally heavy rainfall today, so please be careful while out driving.
~~~ It’s now 750am, and the skies are actually showing the first blue I’ve seen lately…although there’s not a lot of it showing. The winds have come up quite a bit from earlier, and have my wind chimes singing at times. The air temperature has risen a little, and is now reading 59.9 degrees. The majority of the sky is densely cloudy, although there’s no rain falling here at the moment / oops, showers just arrived as I head out for my morning walk at 815am.
~~~ It’s now 1140am, and the winds are coming and going, first strong and gusty, and then calm as can be. I can see showers all down in the Central Valley, and over along the windward sides too, and not far up the mountain from me either…but I’m dry at the moment. I’m having my morning tea now, which is organic Black Tea, with a dollop of organic 1/2 & 1/2 to whiten it up a little. The air temperature is a chilly 62.2 degrees, while the Kahului aiport at the same time, down near the ocean, was reporting 68 degrees. Honolulu was reporting 74 degrees, the warmest place in the state…making this a definite winter day in paradise. Now at 220pm, the temperature has slipped down to 58.8 degrees…with light rain falling steadily.
~~~ It’s just before 5pm, and the wind has stopped, although its still gently misting. The air temperature is 59.7 degrees, with totally cloudy skies. I can see that harder showers are falling down in the Central Valley, and in most directions as I glance around. The radar image above surf points out lots rainfall over these eastern islands in the chain. The satellite image too, shows no lack of thick cloud cover from Oahu down over Maui County…and on to the Big Island! ~~~
~~~ Well, this is the last update of the day, from here in my Kula weather tower, where my outdoor temperature sensor is reading 56.5 degrees…at 810pm. The radar image above, at least taking this last glance at it, before signing off for the night, is pretty impressive! We’ve got a band of light, moderate, and even a few heavy showers across Maui County. Then, there’s that big swath of showers to the east and southeast of the Big Island too. The cloud field is still hanging back over Oahu as well, although you folks on the Gathering Place island aren’t in the rain zone at the time of this writing. All’s well here in the islands, there’s nothing radical happening, although we certainly are experiencing a bit of winter weather…which I’m personally enjoying very much! One more thing, I just checked the numbers on my Google ads, and found that over the last 7 days, there have been 127,555 hits on this website…which is 18,222 per day on average, which is quite a few in my opinion, thank you for your many visits!
Today’s music video…since its a rainy day – skip the advertisement – make full screen – turn up the volume…and enjoy! By the way, this singers name is Chris Martin, the husband of Gwyneth Paltrow
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico:
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Eastern Pacific: The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
Central Pacific Ocean: The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
Western Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Amazing discovery in Antarctica: sea anemones found living upside down under ice – Sea anemones are supposed to sit on the bottom of the ocean, using their basal disc (or adhesive foot) to rest on a coral reef or sand. So, imagine the surprise of geologists in Antarctica when they discovered a mass of sea anemones hanging upside from the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf like a village of wispy ghosts. The researchers weren’t even there to discover new life, but to learn about South Pole currents through the Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program via a remotely-operated undersea robot.
“When we looked up at the bottom of the ice shelf, there they were,” says Frank Rack, executive director of ANDRILL, who calls the discovery “total serendipity.” The scientists have named the new upside down anemones Edwardsiella andrillae after the program. Named after the flower, anemones are actually predatory marine animals distantly related to corals and jellyfish.
In 2010, scientist deployed a robot known as the Submersible Capable of under-Ice Navigation and Imaging (SCINI) into the waters beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest off the continent. The robot employed a hot water drill to melt an 850-foot hole through the ice shelf before being dropped into open water. But instead of surveying barren waters, the camera on the robot reveled “an unexpected and astonishing glimpse into this subsurface world, discovering an unusual and likely unique marine biological community dominated by anemones living inside burrows in the lower surface of the ice shelf,” write the scientists in a new paper in PLOS ONE describing the species. In fact, the camera recorded tens-of-thousands of these never-before witnessed ice anemones.
Although the anemones shrunk back from the infiltrating robot, the researchers were able to collect a few specimens by stunning the anemones with a hot water cannon on the robot and transferring them to McMurdo Station.
“This is the first species of sea anemone reported to live in ice,” the scientists write. “Previously described species of sea anemones from Antarctica are reported from hard or soft substrates, but always below the anchor ice.”
In addition, this is the first time scientists have ever discovered anemones in the Edwardsiella genus (also known as burrowing anemones) near the continent. The bone-white, ghostly anemones are a few inches long when fully extended and sport 20 to 24 tentacles.